We caught up with Hungarian-born singer Sara Barta, who is currently splitting her time between Boston – where she is studying for a degree at the prestigious Berklee College of Music – and Hampstead, London, to talk about her musical influences and the future….

Tell me about your earliest memory of music?

I faintly recall two very early memories of music: The first is of my grandmother, who would always play classical music to me, and the second is of my dad, who would sing me to sleep each night – it was the only thing he could do to get me to settle down!

Ed Sheeran is one of your favourite musicians. What is it about him that appeals to you most?

What I admire most about Ed Sheeran is that he’s built an empire all by himself. Having started out as a mere street busker, he is now entertaining audiences of just under 100,000, with just a guitar. His music and lyrics are so influential, I really believe he deserves to be where he is due to the hard work, and sheer dedicated he has put into his career.

How did you arrive at the poppier Dance For Your Life, as your past releases have been less upbeat?

Dance For Your Life, like the majority of my songs, actually started off as a completely acoustic track – just me and my precious piano. But my management team and I thought it might be interesting to try something a little different, and outside of my comfort zone. Although my songs are mostly slow in pace, I do love to listen to some of the more upbeat, “charty” stuff, and so we decided to turn Dance For Your Life into a dance track. Consider it my club song!

How does the music scene in Hungary compare to the UK?

The music scene in Hungary is different to the UK in some ways, although because the UK scene is so popular, Hungarians do try to incorporate some of its influences into their own music.

How did learning at Berklee College of Music in Boston, America, prepare you for your career as a singer-songwriter?

Learning at the Berklee College of Music has been a dream come true. It has helped with my songwriting, as well as my career in music overall – as all the tutors are involved in the music industry themselves in some way. They are all incredibly talented, and the advice and techniques I have picked up from them, along with the contacts they’ve introduced me to, have been extremely beneficial and only served to fuel my dreams.

Did having to teach yourself English set you back? In what way?

Funnily enough, I don’t actually feel it set me back too much. I learned at such a young age, and kids are like sponges!

Who would be your dream producer to work with?

Probably Ryan Tedder, who has produced for the likes of Demi Lovato, Beyoncé and the man himself, Ed Sheeran.

You are still so young and have achieved so much. Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Thank you! I still have a way to go; in five years time, I see myself continuing to write songs, but also touring, and sharing my music with the world.

Your album is about an ex-boyfriend. Is music your therapy?

Absolutely. I’ve been through a few struggles in my life, as many of us have, and music has definitely helped me vocalise my feelings better than talking would have done. It’s something that I can always fall back on when I don’t have the strength or desire to talk to people about my problems. I know I can always put my thoughts and feelings into a song.

What are your hopes and dreams for 2018?

This year I want to keep on writing music, and trying to better myself as an artist. I want to maintain good physical and mental health, and a healthy balance between my school work and songwriting.

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